Not Your Parents' Hot August Nights

RENO, Nev. -- It's a classic car enthusiast's dream. Hot August Nights is an event tailored to an older generation, showing off cars that many of you weren't even born when they were made. However, this event isn't just for your parents anymore.

"It's kind of cool to see just a snapshot of what it was like back then,"Torey Eldridge, a Hot August Nights attendee said.

It was a time when big chrome cars decorated suburban streets across the country. Now, a different generation is able to experience the past.

"It's kind of cool to see things that are historic, you know this is a part of American culture, back when everyone says the good ol' days," Eldridge said. "This was when America was really, really shining."

It's a chance to pass down memories to younger generations who don't really understand what it was like to live more than half a century ago.

"I try to show him all the cars I grew up riding in," Eldridge said. "My dad used to have an old car, we used to come down in the 80s when I was his age and ride down in the cars dad would have."

It's not just for car enthusiasts any more. Kids as young as five can enjoy some of the events this year from hula hoop contests to live music.

"Drag races, autocross, classic car auction by Barrett-Jackson--those are the things that attract not just the older clientele who have been coming for years, but also the newer people as well," Tony Marino, Hot August Nights executive director said.

"The more I talk about it, the more people my age are starting to know what it is," said Alexis Ripley, 21, said."I don't know a lot of the years, but i know a cool car when I see it."

Through word of mouth, HAN is bridging the age gap by turning classic cars into timeless memories.

"If you are from Nevada and you haven't been to Hot August Nights, then you haven't lived," Jarrod Silva, HAN attendee said.


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